Indians Place Eight on SAC All-Conference Football First-Team
Monday, November 13, 2006 | by Stepp Named Offensive Player-of-the-Year

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College had a league-high eight players named to the South Atlantic Conference First Team, which was announced on Monday afternoon.  The Indians also placed two on the second team for a total of 10 players.

Leading the way for the first team is Indians’ quarterback Josh Stepp.  Stepp was a first-team selection and was named the league’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year.  The senior from Pelion, SC led the SAC in passing touchdowns with 21 while throwing for 2,052 in the regular season.  Stepp holds every career offensive passing record in Newberry College football history.

Other first-team selections included wide receiver Tymere Zimmerman, who was named a first-team selection for the third straight season.  The senior from Bennettsville, SC led the team in receiving with 49 catches for 550 yards and seven touchdowns.  Zimmerman also holds every career and single-season receiving record in Newberry College football history.

Alex Haynes also earned a spot on the first-team at running back.  The junior from Summerville, SC leads the team and the SAC in rushing (862) and all-purpose yardage (1,000).  Newberry’s bookend tackles in sophomore Marchant Faustin and junior Heath Benedict earned first-team accolades.  Benedict also wont he Jacobs Blocking Trophy, presented yearly to the top offensive lineman.  Junior placekicker Ryan Lukshis rounds out the first team.  Lukshis led the league in scoring with 69 points.

Defensively, a pair of sophomores in linebacker Will Newell and free safety Derrell Mills lead the way on the first team for Newberry.  Newell, a native of Irmo, SC, leads the SAC in tackles with 108.  Mills leads the conference in interceptions with six.  He was also named a National Defensive Player-of-the-Week earlier in the season by d2football.com and the Don Hansen Gazette.

On the second team, senior Deshon Rodell is the lone Newberry representative on the offensive side of the ball.  Rodell has rushed for 415 yards and has scored five touchdowns on the season.  For his career, Rodell has amassed 1,473 yards of rushing yardage.

Also on the second team from the defense is junior Jonathan Breaux.  Breaux leads the defensive interior for the Indians, recording 26 tackles.

Wingate Unviersity and Tusculum College followed Newberry with 10 total selections on the First and Second Team.  Ron Ellington was named the Defensive Player-of-the-Year while Lenoir-Rhyne’s Justin Sanders and Carson-Newman’s Brian Brown were named Freshman Offensive and Defensive Player-of-the-Year’s respectively.

2006 All-SAC Football Teams

First Team
Offense
QB - Josh Stepp, Newberry
WR - Tymere Zimmerman, Newberry
WR - Justin Durant, Presbyterian
WR - Dan Brooks, Wingate
RB - Ronnie Edwards, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB - Alex Haynes, Newberry
RB - Patrick King, Tusculum
TE - Chris Conklin, Wingate
OL - James Periminis, Carson-Newman
OL - Heath Benedict, Newberry
OL - Marchant Faustin, Newberry
OL - Michael Bujnak, Tusculum
OL - Brandon Manshack, Wingate
PK - Ryan Lukshis, Newberry
RS - Donald Brown, Wingate

First Team
Defense
DL - Ron Ellington, Catawba
DL - Benjamin McDowell, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL - Adrian Samples, Tusculum
DL - Kenwin Cummings, Wingate
LB - Nathaniel Smith, Mars Hill
LB - Will Newell, Newberry
LB - Antwan Thomas, Presbyterian
LB - Kenny Wells, Tusculum
DB - Charles Mormon, Catawba
DB - Derrell Mills, Newberry
DB - Chad Burgess, Presbyterian
DB - Kevin Molony, Presbyterian
DB - David Jones, Wingate
P - John Gregory, Tusculum
LS - Robbie Kelly, Tusculum
Second Team
Offense

QB - Anthony Metzelaars, Wingate
WR - Brent Johnson, Catawba
WR - Jamichael Caldwell, Tusculum
WR - Gary Tatum, Wingate
RB - Jamelle Cuthbertson, Catawba
RB - Deshon Rodell, Newberry
RB - S.J. Worrell, Presbyterian
TE - Shane Timmons, Catawba
OL - Nate Skellenger, Carson-Newman
OL - Will Reedy, Catawba
OL - J.P. Gunter, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Matt Vogel, Mars Hill
OL - Gavin Mauldin, Tusculum
PK - Glen Black, Tusculum
RS - Lance Johnson, Catawba
Second Team
Defense
DL - Anthony Toribio, Carson-Newman
DL - Marcus Huntley, Catawba
DL - Aaron Cotteral, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL - Jonathan Breaux, Newberry
LB - Eric Rice, Carson-Newman
LB - Lester Sconyers, Catawba
LB - Justin Jones, Presbyterian
LB - Stuart Sheppard, Wingate
DB - Brandon Walden, Carson-Newman
DB - Octavius Love, Tusculum
DB - Donald Brown, Wingate
P - David Brentz, Carson-Newman
LS - Sean Foley, Presbyterian
Offensive Player Of The Year
Josh Stepp, Newberry
Defensive Player Of The Year
Ron Ellington, Catawba
Offensive Freshman Of The Year
Justin Sanders, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Freshman Of The Year
Brian Brown, Carson-Newman